What Can I do to Preserve my Lands
Each decision to conserve a property is a deeply personal one. It involves the landowners’ financial and family circumstances, the land resource itself, and most importantly, the owner’s vision for the future of that land. One of the best ways to protect natural areas is through good private stewardship. This often simply means leaving the sensitive portions of the property alone. It can mean using some areas wisely for forestry, farming, recreation or personal enjoyment, and setting other areas aside for conservation.
You can also protect your land more formally using the land conservation tools available through Alachua County's land conservation program, Alachua County Forever. Because every situation is unique, Alachua County Forever offers several different mechanisms to conserve productive, scenic, historic and environmentally important lands. These lands give Alachua County its rural, historic and natural character that many residents value and want to sustain. You can combine different options to get the right mix of sale, donation or agreement to provide the best opportunities to protect your land, and to meet your and your family's financial needs and other interests.
The public nominates
property to the Program using a simple one-page form. Property owners must be
willing sellers. Condemnation of property is not permitted.
evaluated by staff using a 25-question matrix and presented to the Land
Conservation Board. Criteria include water resources protection, habitat
protection, species protection, social value, manageability, economic, and
After reviewing the
evaluation, the Land Conservation Board determines which projects to recommend
to the County Commissioners for inclusion on the Acquisition List.
Once projects are on
the Acquisition List, staff negotiate to acquire the property or a conservation
easements. Offers are made based on appraisals of fair market value by
purchase must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.